Beebe Names New State Treasurer After Former Treasurer Resigns Amid Scandal
Governor Beebe has named Charles Robinson as his appointment to fill the office of State Treasurer. The office was vacated last week when Martha Shoffner resigned amidst federal charges of extortion.
The 66 year old Robinson, of North Little Rock, received his MBA from the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Beebe says that Robinson's 34 years with the Division of Legislative Audit displays a record deserving of trust. Robinson served 28 years as Legislative Auditor before retiring in 2007.
"The entire agency [Division of Legislative Audit] had that reputation for integrity. You don't get that without the person at the top actually having those same qualities and being able to utilize those same qualities and to imbue that among the staff," says Beebe.
Robinson says he will not accept a salary for the 19 months remaining before an elected treasurer assumes the post. The Governor says more research is needed to determine whether or not a constitutional officer can reject a salary. Robinson is also not eligible to run for the position in the next election due to his appointment.